The Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research-oriented department with great ideological and intellectual diversity. We are proud to be a department of scholars who have developed the national and international profile necessary to sustain a high quality teaching and research program.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Congratulations to Dave Snow, PhD Candidate (defending in April), who has been awarded a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University beginning September 2014! Dave will be investigating comparative assisted reproductive technology policy in Australia, Canada, and the United States in the Faculty of Medicine with Novel Tech Ethics.
Brenda O'Neill, head of the Department of Political Science will speak at the 40th Anniversary of the University of Calgary High School Model United Nations this weekend February 23-23, 2014. This event is hosted by Robert Huebert, Jim Keeley, and Samantha Hossack, President of the Political Science Student Association.
After 45 years of dedicated service to the Department of Political Science Tom Flanagan has retired from the University of Calgary. At his request Tom received a somewhat unusual gift to mark the occasion: a rubbing of a University of Calgary manhole cover. Thanks to our head, Brenda O'Neill, and Brian Rusted, head of the Department of Art, for lending their artistic talents to the creation of Tom's lasting memory of the University of Calgary.
Congratulations to Sarah Jordaan for receiving the Canadian Green Fuel Award for Most Distinguished Technical Paper entitled, "Regional Water Implications of Reducing Oil Imports with Liquid Transportation Fuel Alternatives in the United States".
IN THE NEWS
Barry Cooper / April 1, 2014
Robert Huebert / March 31, 2014
Melanee Thomas / March 27, 2014
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Tim Anderson (PhD Candidate) will be giving a talk titled "Taking Stock of our Chief Founding Father, Sir John A. Macdonald" as the Guest Speaker at an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Calgary, on April 16th, 2014 at The Ranchmen's Club.
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Brenda O'Neill's 2013 conference paper "The Political and Civic Participation of Canadian Women" has been nominated for the Jill Vicker's Paper Prize. The decision will be announced at the 2014 CPSA Meeting in May.
Maureen Hiebert's paper "R2P as National Security Thesis: Atrocity Prevention and the Goldilocks Problem" has been nominated for Best Paper in International Relations at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, April 2-6, 2014.
Brenda O'Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil, Catharine Côté and Lisa Young, "Freedom of religion, women's agency and banning the face veil: the role of feminist beliefs in shaping women's opinion" in Ethnic and Racial Studies, published online March 6, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2014.887744, available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2014.887744.
Sarah Jordaan has had a multi-author (lead author Adam Brandt) policy forum published in the journal Science.
"Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems", Policy Forum Energy and Environment, Science 14 February, 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6172 pp. 733-735, DOI:10.1126/science.1247045. The paper argues that natural gas (NG) is a potential "bridge fuel" during the transition to a decarbonized energy system: It emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than other fossil fuels and can be used in many industries. However, because of the high global warming potential of methane (CH4, the major component of NG), climate benefits from NG use depend on system leakage rates. Some recent estimates of leakage have challenged the benefits of switching from coal to NG, a large near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunity. Also, global atmospheric CH4 concentrations are on the rise, with the causes still poorly understood.